With Season Over, Off-Season Moves Coming Fast

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With the 2015 season coming to an abrupt end at the hands of the New York Mets, now is as good a time as any to look ahead to the off-season.  After all, it’s getting close to the end of October and there are a lot of key decisions to Continue reading With Season Over, Off-Season Moves Coming Fast

Keeping the Cubs Success On the Field Through Reducing Injuries

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Back from California now, I got to follow the doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.  I also got to listen to the last bits of the Kyle Schwarber game Tuesday night, including the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) home run. In addition to a new, snarky Cubs Twitter, this Continue reading Keeping the Cubs Success On the Field Through Reducing Injuries

Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

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As the season progresses to the end of June, it is starting to get close to trade season.  The Cubs figure to make a least a couple of moves, and will need to use their minor league surpluses to do so.  The substance of those moves could depend on the Continue reading Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

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The Cubs’ new short season affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, starts play in less than a week with a June 18th start at Everett.  There has not been a roster released for the Emeralds as of yet, but it shouldn’t be too far from coming out.  The Cubs have a lot Continue reading Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

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On the minor league rehab trail, it’s been tough sledding for some Cubs.  Tommy La Stella has been put back on the shelf after aggravating an injury with Tennessee.  Dallas Beeler has been optioned to Iowa after struggling during his rehab stint in Iowa.  Tsuyoshi Wada‘s stint ended and he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

NL Central Preview: 3rd Place Chicago Cubs

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Manager: Joe Maddon Projected Record: 84-78 While this isn’t exactly what anyone has in mind for this season, this is about where the Cubs are as currently constructed.  Although this off-season was exciting because of the acquisitions and the Cubs launched #LetsGo as the slogan after years of needing to be #committed Continue reading NL Central Preview: 3rd Place Chicago Cubs

Springtime Sales Pitch: A Look at the Cubs Pitching Staff

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At some point in the near future, the Chicago Cubs will likely win a Cactus League game.  Of course, with it being spring training, the losses are a bit easier to take, but competitive players probably would prefer a meaningless victory over a meaningless defeat, especially one in which guys Continue reading Springtime Sales Pitch: A Look at the Cubs Pitching Staff

Six Questions the Cubs Hope to Answer in Spring Training

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As we enter the last weekend without Cubs baseball for at least the next 7 1/2 months, it has become time to focus on events, roster battles, and stories that all figure to take place during Spring Training that will shape the 2015 Cubs season.  With the amount of change Continue reading Six Questions the Cubs Hope to Answer in Spring Training

Jacob Turner Could Be Key to 2015 Season

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Way back in 2013, the Cubs acquired a pitcher who had not performed to his ability, hoping a change of scenery would help him meet, or get close to, that potential.  That pitcher was Jake Arrieta.  The early returns on Arrieta have been positive.  He had a dominant 2014, carrying Continue reading Jacob Turner Could Be Key to 2015 Season

Lester and the Cubs

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This off season, the Chicago Cubs are likely going to target top of the rotation free agent starting pitchers. There is Max Scherzer, Justin Masterson, James Shields, but the one the Cubs are likely going to make their primary target is Jon Lester. I know what some of you are Continue reading Lester and the Cubs